We’re the world’s most effective brand design consultancy*

*OK, IT’S A BOLD CLAIM

But it’s true. We’ve won more DBA Design Effectiveness Awards than any other agency since the scheme began – a measure of the commercial success our work has generated.

Need proof? See the results

It’s no longer good enough to be the best of the best, you need to be the only ones who do what you do.

JERRY GARCIA | GRATEFUL DEAD | SUMMING UP OUR ETHOS

THE PIXIE DUST BEHIND OUR EFFECTIVENESS

It comes down to a couple of things. A little bit of neuroscience. And knowing how to tell a good story.

Over 25 years, we’ve managed to de-code effectiveness. Another bold claim, but we’ve worked out how to bypass learned behaviour and trigger positive responses among consumers. And, we’ve followed Hollywood’s lead to discover what makes a compelling brand story.

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR INSIGHTS AND PROCESS

WHAT WE DO
(AND WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW WE DO)

Typically, every project’s untypical. They range from provocation, research and insight, through to design realisation and brand guardianship. So, we’re jacks of all trades and masters of... well, you decide.

We’re also happy to share our thinking and we run a series of training modules for marketeers on subjects such as Biomotive Triggers®, as well as other one-off lectures, tailored courses and learning lunches.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN LEEDS

Elmwood started life in 1977 as a small local design studio. A long time ago, but our dogged northern independence carries on. Only now, it lives in London, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and Melbourne too.

WHAT MAKES ELMWOOD ELMWOOD?

It’s our people, obviously. And the way we do things round here. But more than this, we’ve always sought out fellow ‘optimistas’ – people who are passionate about what they do, restless for change and always ready to shake things up.

Meet the team

horses for courses

We believe the work we do at Elmwood is world class. But some projects demand extra expertise. Where that happens, we do like Hollywood does – we assemble the best cast and crew for the job. It’s about building an ecosystem for the project to reach full potency. Usually that means working with partner agencies with specialist knowledge – as with structural packaging designers, Tin Horse. It’s what we call ‘playing well in the sandpit’. And in the case of Tin Horse, we made the partnership formal by taking a small stake in their business.

Tin Horse

Find out about Tin Horse